COAL TOWNSHIP — Betty Maxine Brodie, 79, passed peacefully from this world at 5:35 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she resided since August 2005 due to the progression of Parkinson's disease. She was recently admitted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and released into hospice care through VNA Hospice.
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She was born in Botetourt County, Va., Nov. 22, 1933, a daughter of the late Annie Lenore Burke Harris and Howard K. Harris, and sister of Frances Juanita Sandidge, who survives.
She attended Troutville schools and Troutville Church of the Brethren.
She worked as a waitress for a short time at the Kress Store in Roanoke, Va., where she caught the eye of William Curtis "Bill" Brodie, a tall and lanky sailor from Rocky Mount, Va. Betty Maxine and Bill were married Valentine's Day 1959, and she became a housewife and mother.
She lived in Troutville until 1976, then in Roanoke until 2002, before moving to Pennsylvania. She dedicated her life to taking care of her son, Steven, who is disabled, until she could no longer do so. Her health began to decline shortly after Bill passed away April 20, 1996.
Betty Maxine was a sweet, gentle southern lady. She delighted everyone she met with her quiet, good nature. She enjoyed watching old black and white television shows, reading, doing word searches, playing Bingo, sitting outside by the pond, attending church service at the chapel and visits with her family. At Mountain View, she made many friends who gave her nicknames such as Miss Virginia, their southern belle and bingo Betty. She will be missed by many.
Betty is survived by a sister, Frances Juanita Sandidge, of Daleville, Va.; a son, Steven Lynn Brodie, of Milton; a daughter, Kathy Brodie Petrovich and her husband, Paul, of Coal Township; two granddaughters, Miranda and Alaina Petrovich, of Coal Township, and nieces and nephews in Virginia.
BRODIE — Betty Maxine Brodie, 79, a resident of Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Coal Township. There will be no visitation or hours of calling. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin, has charge of the arrangements.
Published in News Item on Apr. 20, 2013